The Renaissance and the Reformation

History C157

Fall 2013
213 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-1230P

This course focuses on one of the most dynamic and transformative periods in the history of Europe. Covering the centuries from roughly 1350 to 1650, we will first be analyzing the dramatic rise or "rebirth" of painting, architecture, poetry, political theory and learning that first emerged in the Italian cities of Florence, Venice, Rome, and Naples, and then spread in varying degrees to other parts of Europe. We will then look at the intellectual and religious movements that arose both as products of and reactions against this Renaissance, namely the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. Most of our reading will be from primary sources that include artists, poets, philosophers, novelists and political essayists. Requirements include a midterm exam, a final exam, and an optional final paper of roughly 10-15 pages.

Course Books

John Calvin: Selections by John Calvin HarperOne. ISBN: 978-0060754679 Required
The Life of Teresa of Avila by Herself by Teresa of Avila Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0140440737 Required
The Essential Erasmus by Erasmus Plume. ISBN: 978-0452009721 Required
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Oxford. ISBN: 978-0198328681 Required
Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes Harper Perennial. ISBN: 978-0060934347 Required
Martin Luther: Selections from his writings by Martin Luther Anchor. ISBN: 978-0385098762 Required
Utopia by Thomas More Penguin. ISBN: 978-0141442327 Required
Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140445008 Required
The Book of the Courtier by Baldesar Castiglione Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140441925 Required
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy by Jacob Burckhardt Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140445343 Required
The Prince by niccolo machiavelli oxford. ISBN: 978-0199535699 Required